This comprehensive catalogue traces an extraordinarily unique relationship between The Ahmanson Foundation and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art across nearly five decades of the former bestowing masterpieces of European painting and sculpture on the latter. Unlike other collection catalogues, this is not the story of a private collection. It does not chronicle the biographical details of a collector, his or her artistic idiosyncrasies, or travails with the art market. Instead, it tells the story of the needs of a museum and the Foundation, which led the charge in meeting them. With the exception of a select group of gifts from Howard F. Ahmanson’s private collection, for forty-five years The Ahmanson Foundation has graciously followed the museum’s suggestions in determining what exactly it needed to transform itself into one of the most impressive of its kind in the world and provided the means to make those acquisitions possible. The fruits of this relationship are tangible, and the generosity, understanding, and, above all, trust, are by all accounts exceptional.